VRC Team Email Blast - December 2012

December 12, 2012

Update on Teams and Events
As 2012 comes to an end, we are proud to announce that as of last
week we have more than 6,000 teams made up of all 50 states and from
21 countries and have already completed 185 events.

VRC World Championship Travel Information Is Available!
If your team has qualified for the 2013 VEX Robotics Competition
World Championship, then you should start preparing for your trip to
Anaheim, CA.

The following World Championship information is already available:

** The GET Travel accommodation page with over 20 hotel options.
**Ticket prices for over 14 different attractions in southern CA.
** Lunch options offered by the Anaheim Convention Center (both
concession stand menus and pre-order boxed lunches).
**Travel information and discounts for several partner service
providers. Click here - http://www.gettravel.com/vexroboticschampionship/
to view the information.

Don’t forget to pay your team’s event registration fee within four
weeks of qualifying for the World Championship.

Volunteers Needed!
The 2013 World Championship volunteer online registration system is
now open. It is a great way to get involved in the fun and excitement
surrounding World Championship! Volunteers receive a free 2013 WC
t-shirt, free lunch the day(s) they volunteer, and those who
volunteer 2 or more full days receive discounted hotel rates. Details
for hotel rates will be available soon. The form is simple and easy
to complete, sign up now - https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=757956999.
If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Rausch at
Cheryl_Rausch@roboticseducation.org.

STEM in the News
This is Computer Science Week - http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/10/opinion/rushkoff-code-writing/index.html in the United States.

Online Challenges Deadline January 11, 2013!
Did you know there is a way for students to participate in robotics
engineering competitions without traveling to a tournament? The REC
Foundation Online Challenges (http://forum.robotevents.com/design/) provides seven STEM-related challenges for students, including trophies,
prizes (up to $750 a VEX gift certificate), and an opportunity to
receive an invitation to attend the VEX Robotics Competition World
Championship. It’s a great way to bring something extra to the
classroom experience. Another feature of the Online Challenges: if
you are part of a VRC team and want to go to the World Championship,
participating in the Online Challenges is a prerequisite for winning
the Excellence Award.

Inspection Tip:
Teams should exercise a routine pre-inspection of their robots before
events. This helps students to be prepared for the event, and ensure
a positive experience by catching any inspection failures. Common
failures at inspection include loose and dangling wires, sharp metal
edges, and misuse of tape. Pre-inspect - http://content.vexrobotics.com/docs/vex-sack-attack/VEX-Sack-Attack-Inspection-Checklist-v.060512.pdf and be prepared for events.

Global Skills Challenges
Robot Skills rankings are posted here - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/robot-skills and Programming Skills Challenge rankings are posted here - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/programming-skills .

Assistance with Troubleshooting Your Robot
VEX Robotics has developed a handy VEX robot troubleshooting guide
that all teams should know about. The guide provides solutions to the
most common problems . Download a copy of this guide here - http://content.vexrobotics.com/docs/VEX_Robot_Troubleshooting_Flowchart_0811.pdf.

Past E-Mails Available
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found
here - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=281 .

2013 VRC World Championship is only 127 Days Away!

Visit the 2013 VRC World Championship tournament pages on RobotEvents
for more information about the 2013 event.

-Strive for excellence, not perfection. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Mission Statement
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by
engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable
curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and
internationally.

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